North Pacific Coast Guard buoy tenders to gather in Juneau for roundup

17th Coast Guard District NewsJUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard Seventeenth District is hosting its week-long annual District Buoy Tender Roundup in Juneau beginning Monday to include cutters homeported in the Alaska, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.

This year’s roundup brings together the crews of eight U.S. Coast Guard buoy tenders and one Canadian Coast Guard buoy tender for five days of training. Participating are the crews of:

225-foot seagoing buoy tenders 100-foot coastal buoy tenders 65-foot inland buoy tender
SPAR – Kodiak Anthony Petit – Ketchikan Elderberry – Petersburg
Hickory – Homer Henry Blake – Everett, Wa.
Sycamore – Cordova
Maple – Sitka
Fir – Astoria, Ore.

The crew of the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Bartlett, a 190-foot ice-strengthened medium navaids tender, will be joining the U.S. cutter crews from their homeport of Victoria, British Columbia.

The event will allow more than 300 Coast Guard members the opportunity to receive specialized training during the week in areas such as engine repair, buoy maintenance, safety equipment maintenance, first aid, personnel management and more. The roundup gives buoy tender crews the opportunity to exchange ideas and build camaraderie. Due to the remote locations in Alaska in which the cutters operate, this mission-essential training would be nearly impossible to complete otherwise and this approach has proved successful for more than 20 years.

During the week-long training, the Buoy Tender Olympics will be held Wednesday at Coast Guard Station Juneau from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The event  is not open to the public.

Crews aboard Coast Guard buoy tenders in Alaska service 1,250 navigational aids along 42,000 miles of coastline while actively participating in search and rescue, environmental protection, and law enforcement missions.


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